Why does Civil Rule 11 require the signature and signature block? The signature block is intended to provide the information needed for the implementation of Rule 5. That rule requires the service of pleadings, motions or other papers on the attorneys for all parties represented by attorneys, and on the parties personally if they are not so represented. The signature block simply provides information with respect to the place where such service may be made. The signature itself, however, is of greater import, and it is the significance of the signature that we shall discuss in the following pages
J. Patrick Browne,
The Significance of the Signature: A Comment on the Obligations Imposed by Civil Rule 11,
30 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol30/iss3/6